Last Updated on September 22, 2023 by Create Better Health
It can be really tricky finding healthy foods around Halloween, but we have you covered! This post will include everything you need to know to make four amazing AND healthy Halloween snacks. Starting with roasted pepitas, then orange pumpkins, Halloween Apple Teeth, and Cheesy witches’ brooms!
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Roasted Pepitas Recipe
One of our favorite tasty fall snacks is roasted pumpkin seeds!
Seeds are a good source of magnesium and zinc which are both minerals needed in our bodies. A handful of pumpkin seeds is a great snack.
Roasted pepitas can be used as a crunchy topping on pancakes, mixed with yogurt, in place of croutons on a salad, mixed with dried fruit, nuts, or popcorn to make a trail mix and much more!
Making roasted pepitas is easy once you get the seeds out of the pumpkin!
Just toss the seeds with oil and seasoning, then roast them in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes. And voila! You have a delicious, healthy Halloween snack.
How long are pumpkin seeds good for?
How long are pumpkin seeds good for? Roasted pumpkin seeds typically stay fresh for about 2 to 3 months when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Refrigerating or freezing roasted pumpkin seeds can extend their shelf life to about 6 months to a year.
It’s important to note that pumpkin seeds, like other seeds and nuts, can go rancid over time, especially if they are exposed to air, light, or moisture. To maximize roasted pepitas freshness:
- Store them in airtight containers to prevent exposure to air and moisture.
- Keep them in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat.
- Consider vacuum-sealing or using resealable bags to remove as much air as possible before sealing.
- Label the container with the date of purchase or the date you prepared them to keep track of freshness.
Pumpkin seeds that have gone rancid may have an unpleasant smell and taste. If you notice any signs of spoilage, it’s best to discard them.
To make Orange Pumpkins grab the oranges and celery. Start by peeling your oranges.
Did you know that the white covering between the orange peel and the flesh of the fruit is called the pith? The pith is high in fiber so don’t hesitate to eat it. The Vitamin C in oranges helps keep your immune system strong, helps your body heal, and increases your iron absorption. In just one orange there is 94% of the Vitamin C you need for the day!
Next, wash the celery stalks by running them under cool water and rubbing them with your hands or a vegetable brush. Trim the celery stalks down to sticks about 2″ tall.
Push your celery sticks into the top of the orange to act like the stem of the pumpkin. You can use raisins to make a jack-o-lantern face.
Halloween Teeth – Halloween Apple Snacks
Halloween Teeth will give you a serving of fruit and protein for the day.
For this snack, you’ll need the apples, peanut butter, and the marshmallows.
When choosing a peanut butter to use, try and pick a natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter typically consists of only peanuts and salt. Regular peanut butter contains filler ingredients. Generally speaking, the fewer the ingredients listed on a food label, the more natural a food is and the healthier it is for us.
Apples are a good source of Vitamin C as well as fiber. Unpeeled apples have twice the fiber as a peeled apple and are richer in antioxidants. To maximize nutrition, make sure to eat apples unpeeled.
The next step is to wash, core, and slice your apples. Then spread some peanut butter on each apple slice. Once the peanut butter is spread, squish a few marshmallows between two apple slices to make spooky Halloween Teeth!
Now for the Witches Brooms!
Grab the green onions, string cheese, and pretzel sticks. String cheese is a good source of calcium and protein. If you choose a part-skim string cheese, you can cut out a bit of extra fat from your diet.
Unwrap the string cheese and cut it into halves or thirds. Wash your green onions and cut off the white end. From the green end, start pulling the onions apart into thin strips to use as string.
Next, take a pretzel stick and push it into one end of each piece of string cheese.
Wrap a green string around the top of the cheese on the pretzel end and tie a knot to secure the string. This part can be a little tricky. If it’s not working for you, just leave the green onion string off.
The last thing you will do is use your fingers to start separating the string cheese so one end looks like a broom head.
And there you go! Three quick and easy nutritious Halloween snacks.
What nutritious Halloween snack will you make this season? Tell me about it in the comments!
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